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UI Health Care’s faculty and staff are the lifeblood of our organization, embodying on a daily basis our values of innovation, collaboration, accountability, respect, and excellence. It is important that we regularly take the time to recognize the dedicated efforts of our people by celebrating the important achievements and milestones in their careers, including the acknowledgment of, among other things, years of service. Therefore, I am delighted to announce that UI Health Care will soon re-launch its employee years-of-service recognition program in a new, integrated cross-enterprise format.

The previous programs (one in the hospital, one in the college) were temporarily suspended two years ago due to budget constraints, but we are excited to reinstate this important recognition reflecting our integrated enterprise’s shared vision, shared values, and our future together in the years to come. The program will retroactively include those eligible employees who missed recognition during the hiatus and employees in budgeted positions, in five-year increments moving forward. When a milestone is reached, employees will be able to choose a gift from a selection of high quality, name-brand merchandise and other “green” and charitable options. It is just one way for us to say “Thank you!” for serving at The University of Iowa and making us successful. Look for more information about the program in the coming weeks.

I cannot tell you enough how much I appreciate all you do for UI Health Care. I hope you will enjoy this new opportunity and look forward to celebrating your next milestone with UI Health Care.

Signed, Jean Robillard

UI physicians among “Best Knee Surgeons”

Congratulations to UI orthopaedic surgeons Ned Amendola, MD, and John Callaghan, MD, for their inclusion on the “70 of the Best Knee Surgeons in America” list published this month by Becker’s Orthopedic & Spine Review. Members of the list were selected for their leadership in prestigious orthopaedic organizations and their immense procedural and technological contributions to the field of knee surgery. Dr. Amendola directs UI Sports Medicine and
Dr. Callaghan serves as the president of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. More information about the honor is available online.

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center earns special accreditations

Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center recently received accreditation by two important national panels. The American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer awarded the Clinical Cancer Center a three-year accreditation with commendations in cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach, and quality improvement. The National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers awarded the Clinical Cancer Center a full three-year accreditation for its commitment to providing the highest quality of evaluation and management of patients diagnosed with breast disease.

Dr. Nancy Rosenthal named Assistant Dean for Student Affairs

Nancy Rosenthal, MD, has been named as the new Assistant Dean for Student Affairs in the Carver College of Medicine (the College). Dr. Rosenthal joined the College faculty in 1998 and was promoted to full Clinical Professor (Clinical) in 2003. During her tenure at the University of Iowa she has served as Director of the Hemostasis Laboratory, Director of the Hematopathology fellowship, and most recently as Vice Chair for Education for the Department of Pathology. She has taught for many years in several Pathology courses, was named the Walter Beirring Professor of Clinical Education by the College in 2007, and most recently, chaired one of the curriculum design committees.

Judy Biderman Professionalism Award establisheds

Judy Biderman, Program Assistant in the Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Science Department (PTRS), is retiring after almost 50 years of service. In honor of Judy’s outstanding professionalism and commitment to students, the PTRS faculty and staff developed a new scholarship program in her honor. The “Judy Biderman Professionalism Award” will be given each year to one graduating physical therapy student who demonstrates outstanding professionalism in the classroom and clinic.

Online charitable giving campaign available through January

The special online charitable giving campaign launched during last week’s 2011 UI Health Care Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week focusing on hunger and homelessness will be available on The Point until the end of January. Please consider making a personal donation to The Salvation Army, Shelter House, Willis Dady Emergency Shelter, or The Crisis Center of Johnson County.

Hats and Mittens Tree at UI Hospitals and Clinics

This is the last week that the Hats and Mittens Tree will stand in UI Hospitals and Clinics main lobby. Please consider helping decorate our tree with new hats, scarves, mittens, and gloves. Donations can be made until
Jan. 28. Items will be donated to local United Way agencies such as Four Oaks Youth Homes, the Domestic Violence Intervention Program, and Girl Scouts of the Mississippi Valley. If you have questions, please contact Amy Rood at 356-2515.

UI History of Medicine Society featured speaker

The UI History of Medicine Society presents Axel Ruprecht, DDS, MScD, FRCD, Gilbert E. Lilly Professor of Diagnostic Sciences, Professor and Director of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, speaking on “The History of Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology,” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 in room 401 of the UI Hardin Library for the Health Sciences.


Are you looking for a place to exercise without the hassle of initiation fees or travel time? Check out CHAMPS in the hospital at 6006 Carver Pavilion (Elevator D/E, Level 6). Open to staff and volunteers any time day or night, but no CHAMPS staff are available after 6 p.m. or before 6 a.m. The cost is $52.50 a month or $5 a day.

Separate showers and changing areas for men and women are available for use during exercise, as well as free locker space. Call Jennifer Bunning at
356-4652 or e-mail jennifer-bunning@uiowa.edu for information or to sign up.


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